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Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature agree our state needs more places for people to live. A lot more. It doesn’t matter much whether they’re single-family homes or structures … more
Longtime readers of The Chronicle will no doubt remember Bob Hansen, whose observational slice-of-life columns brought his wry, good-natured humor to our community for five years in the early … more
Three years after crooks stole billions in unemployment insurance (UI) funds, federal and state officials are scrambling to retrieve the money which was directed to the jobless and plug leaks in … more
I was just thinking that the only way we can know how far we’ve come is by looking back on where we’ve been.  That’s hardly a profound statement, but it’s the best I … more
As first stewards on the front lines of climate change, treaty tribes have been sounding the alarm for more than a decade about low oxygen levels in the ocean and the Salish Sea. My mentor, former … more
Do you believe women pursuing a college education can impair their fertility? Today, such a notion sounds absurd, but that was a prevailing myth dispelled only after a small group of college … more
Recently, I tried to evaluate my year as president of the Centralia School Board and what I may have learned during my 81 years that would help me assist Superintendent Dr. Lisa Grant and the board … more
I don’t know anyone who would choose to live next to a big, noisy international airport, or have sexually violent predators for neighbors.  Through no fault of their own, people in the … more
I was just thinking about spring. It’s still a ways off but some signs are appearing.  Weeds are certainly poking their heads out already, primroses are appearing and, depending on the … more
The Legislature is back in session, and parents (and all who care about their community’s schools) should pay attention to how some powerful state lawmakers are pushing to roll back local … more
Nearly four decades ago, as a reporter covering Cowlitz County government for The Daily News in Longview, I spent much time reporting on Commissioner Van Youngquist’s trips to Washington, D.C., … more
This year’s legislative session is already more than two weeks along, and leading Democrats in our state have yet to publicly express any interest in solving the learning loss in our … more
One of the federal government’s primary roles as outlined in the U.S. Constitution is national security, establishing and maintaining a military, so it stands to reason our leaders would do … more
Each regular session of our state Legislature begins on the second Monday of January.  Traditionally, the Senate and the House of Representatives meet in a joint session early on, so … more
Coupled with the rapid growth of data centers we rely upon for internet service and information storage is an increased demand for electricity to power millions of computers and cool the mammoth … more
Recently, I hope you enjoyed my columns sharing stories about a bookstore feline in The Chronicle.  Not sure where that idea came from? I'd like to update my readers with my true and … more
We may be 80 miles to the south, but Lewis County is part of Greater Seattle, which I learned over the weekend while attending our granddaughter Brooke’s basketball games at the NW Sports Hub … more
The new year begins during a time of uncertainty and anxiety about the state of the economy, both nationally and at the state level. Inflation has been rising at worrying rates for the last year, … more
As I write this, the U.S. House of Representatives is struggling through chaos not seen since the days of the Civil War.  Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, has lost 11 … more
You expect your money to be safe in a bank, but if the Federal Reserve gets its way, that may not be the case soon. That’s because the Fed, which has a tremendous amount of regulatory power … more
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